About ComJ

Master's Program in Community Journalism

The University of Alabama’s Master’s Program in Community Journalism, or “ComJ,” encourages students to explore new ways to serve communities through the evolving practices of journalism, and to think critically about the role news plays in community.

Students in the ComJ program develop writing and visual journalism skills, learn skills in digital media, produce and test prototypes for news innovations, and intern in the newsroom of the acclaimed Anniston Star newspaper — all in one year.

ComJ Students take two semesters of coursework at the UA campus in Tuscaloosa and then immerse themselves in a three-month professional journalism experience at the Star.

The ComJ program serves recent BA recipients in journalism or other fields, as well as professionals seeking to deepen and expand their knowledge.

The program has an impressive record of job placements. In the first three years of the ComJ program, more than 80% of our graduates were working full time in journalism or were furthering their education within six months of graduation. This rate is significantly higher than the national average over the same period, according to the Annual Surveys of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates.

For more information about admissions into and financial support for ComJ, visit the Department of Journalism’s ComJ page.

About ComJ

The University of Alabama’s one-year Master’s Program in Community Journalism, or ComJ, encourages students to think critically about the role news plays in community and to explore new ways to serve communities through the evolving practices of journalism.

Read more about the ComJ program.

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